- “The United States Navy is beginning to improve it's strength in battleships. And that starts with the Michigan.”— An Unnamed U.S. Admiral at the commissioning of the Michigan (BBGN-74).
The Michigan-class has been in development by the United States dating back to the late 1980's with the proposed arsenal ship. When the project was cancelled in favor of the conversion of the Ohio-class submarines, Congress waited until 1999 to approve construction of the class. The ships were laid down in 2000, but construction never began until 2005.
The class underwent many design changes over the years. Many suggested that the Michigans should be a heavily modified Iowa-class design, a missile platform, or a submersible battleship. Then it was made a nuclear powered guided missile battleship. In April 2014, the class was almost completed and was expected to be completed by September.
The Insurrectionist War
The War with Prometheus
Early World War V and Transfer to Britain
Return to the United States
Ships in Class
|District of Columbia||BBGN-76||Baltimore, Maryland|
|Indiana||BBGN-77||Los Angeles, California|
|Ship||Hull Number||Original Name|
|William Wallace||BB-1||Alaska (BBGN-75)|
|Queen Anne||BB-2||Indiana (BBGN-77)|
|Dreadnought||BB-4||District of Columbia (BBGN-76)|
- The original superstructure on the Michigan was inspired by the USS Nighthawk and USS Zumwalt.
- The Michigan-class is the first of the guided missile battleship line branching off from the Hawaii-class.
- The battleship line was branched after the Hawaii-class between conventional battleships and modern battleships. The Nevada-class was the first of the standard division, meaning that both the Michigan (BBGN-74) and Nevada (BB-74) share the same number (74), but are in two different lines.
- The class was originally said to look like a heavily armed training cruiser but was said by Harmonmj13 that it was the same width as the Iowa-class but 65 meters longer.
- Michigan's original design was planned to be a modified Iowa-class design before Harmonmj13 changed it to the class' first design.
- The refit operation made by the United Kingdom, followed by the additional one made by the United States, the ship's superstructure became similar to the original planned design.
- The U.K. removed the fourth Mk 7 16"/50 caliber gun turret from each ship to house a larger helipad for one V-22 Osprey and three F-35B Lightning IIs, which resulted in the United States having the class retain their new primary armament of three turrets.